HSP Bargaining

This page will contain all news, meetings, resources and documents relating to the 2018/19 bargaining process for the HSP chapter.

Bargaining Bulletins

Bargaining Bulletin 3 | October 29, 2018

Negotiations continuing for health science professionals’ collective agreement

Negotiating teams head back into talks this week to continue bargaining for a new collective agreement for the province’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province.

The bargaining teams have been working solidly for the past three weeks, and significant progress is being made at the table on a number of issues. This week, the focus shifts to workload and shortages solutions, finding effective strategies for ensuring occupational health and safety, and optimizing benefit provisions

HSPBA represents 18,000 union members. Other unions represented at the bargaining table are HSA, CUPE, BCGEU, and HEU. The current collective agreement expires in March 2019.

Bargaining Bulletin 1 | September 10, 2018

Contract negotiations for BC’s health science professionals get underway this week

Bargaining for a new collective agreement for BC’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout the province gets underway this week as bargaining representatives for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) are set to begin contract negotiations tomorrow in Vancouver.

Union negotiators will focus on achieving a collective agreement that helps to address years of erosion in the health care system. Workload, challenges in recruitment and retention, and recognition of the value of health science professionals on multi-disciplinary health care teams are priorities in this round of bargaining.

As part of the preparation process, the PEA completed a bargaining survey with members in late 2017.

The PEA bargains with four other unions as part of the HSPBA. Other unions represented at the bargaining table are HSA, CUPE, BCGEU, and HEU. 

The current collective agreement expires in March 2019. 

Bargaining Bulletin 2 | September 24, 2018

Update on contract talks for BC’s health science professionals

The first two weeks of bargaining for a new collective agreement for the province’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities around the province concluded last week after a series of meetings between unions, represented by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and employers represented by the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). The union bargaining team includes representation from all unions with members working under the collective agreement, and the employer bargaining team includes representatives from HEABC and health authorities around the province.

The current collective agreement, which came into effect in April 2014 and continues to March 31, 2019, was ambitious in its direction to the union and employer bargaining associations to focus on developing a modernized classification system, protecting benefits, and addressing issues of recruitment and retention. The work on those areas has been continuous throughout the life of the agreement. The HSPBA welcomes recent Ministry of Health initiatives and policies focused on strengthening the delivery of patient care within a strong publicly funded health care system.

That commitment informs the contract proposals being discussed at the bargaining table, and underscores the unions’ proposals aimed at securing contract improvements that promote job satisfaction and security to help support the Ministry of Health address shortages, and promote stability and continuity in the healthcare workforce.

Proposals discussed to date are related to classifications, benefits, and improvements to the Enhanced Disability Management Program and accommodation process. The parties have identified a number of common interests, and the discussions are building momentum.

Talks on these issues, and on addressing workload challenges, are scheduled to continue for the next two weeks.

The HSPBA represents 18,000 union members. Other unions represented at the bargaining table are HSA, CUPE, BCGEU, and HEU. The current collective agreement expires in March 2019.

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 43 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The October 2018 issue includes a profile of UVic member Susan Dempsey

Read the October 2018 issue

 

 

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